The day's winding down at the gallery. Made one small sale and I'm getting ready to close the terminal when three young men--age 14 or so--walk in, carrying small handmade signs that say FREE HUGS. "Would you like a free hug for Peace Day?" the one with the glasses asks.
"Sure." I mean--what harm could it do? They line up at the desk; each gives me a shy hug.
They strike me as the quiet honors student type and I wonder if this is some kind of extra credit thing. They leave and begin walking across the street.
"Hey, we should go to the parking garage next!"
They seem to be getting into it. The more hug takers the more extra points I guess. Hey, I should ask them if I can take their picture--it would be great to get a shot of them lining up to hug Justo the security guard!
But by now they've disappeared into Sandoval Garage.
Yes, I've seen the YouTube video of the Hug Campaign. If you haven't, really, you should go there.